7 Childhood Memories That Are No More in Central New York
The removal of Lucky the Bull from the corner of Route 365 and 31 in Verona, the place it's sat for decades, had us thinking of childhood memories and the things we miss in central New York. Take a step back in time and see how many you remember.
DZ Discovery Zone - Commercial Drive in New Hartford
DZ Discovery Zone was the place to take the kids in New Hartford. The family fun place closed in the 90s after filing bankruptcy.
Riverside Mall - North Utica
Riverside Mall was 'the place to go' in North Utica, filled with stores and a movie theater. It's now a strip mall, home to several businesses including Walmart, Lowe's and Bass Pro Shop.
Kewpee's - Oneida Square in Utica
The burger joint closed in the 70s leaving only a handful around the country, including it's headquarters in Lima, Ohio.
Ozzie's Recreation Park in Rome
Ozzie's Recreation Park on Tannery Road in Rome was fun for the whole family with water slides, bumper boats, go-carts, kiddie rides and an arcade.
Trinkaus Manor Christmas Lights
Trinkaus Manor in Oriskany Falls was the area's biggest tourist attraction from the late 1950s until 1992. It lit up for the holiday season, bringing visitors from all over. The displays used at Trinkaus Manor have since been sold, with the Merry go Round on display in Rome.
Remember the good ole days of piling as many people into the car, some in the trunk, to take in a movie at the West Rome Drive In theater? It opened in 1951 with a single screen before adding a second one in 1985.
The Davidson of Rome Auto Group bought the property in 2011 and closed the Drive-In theater in 2014, saying "the decline in attendance and the cost of the digital age made it unrealistic to continue operation."
Magic Toy Shop - Syracuse program
Before Captain Kangaroo or Mr Rogers neighborhood, there was the Magic Toy Shop, a show that began in Syracuse thanks to Jean Daugherty. It first aired on February 28, 1955 and featured characters like Tip Top Showboat and Mr Trolley. The Magic Toy Shop entertained kids for 27 years, airing it's last episode on September 11th 1982.